Hit snooze, hit it again, and now you’re wondering what to sacrifice; shower, hair or makeup! Personally, showering is key and applying makeup is crucial. These dark under eyes aren’t going to cover themselves! Hair, well, that’s a different story. Quite often I’m left throwing my hair into a slicked back ponytail or a simple bun. I consider these my go-to looks because they’re quick and easy and I know nothing else when it comes to should- have-washed hair. Will my hair always be pushed aside and forgotten, forced to hide in a bun or lifeless ponytail? Will I always use sleeping in or yoga that afternoon as an excuse not to place any attention on my lovely locks? If I’m going to attempt looking presentable in a short amount of time I need to explore hairstyles that look great but take no time at all.
The point is, I don’t need to spend 20-30 minutes on my hair for it to look half-decent. Even though I like the feeling of freshly washed hair, the smell of Aveda products, and the lovely bombshell curls achieved after a few too many curling wand burns, it’s not realistic for me to do every day. What if you could deal with that messy unwashed hair and resort to a look that only takes around five minutes and still leave me feeling well-groomed?
Grab your dry shampoo, hair spray, hair brush and comb…we’re about to put these four styles up to the challenge:
Look #1 - Whimsical Ponytail:
1. Start by using dry shampoo (I love Morrocanoil’s dry shampoo). Spray the hairline, separate hair into sections and show all your roots some love – be sure to blend and work that product in . Once you’re done, go through your hair and rub at the roots (up and down motion) and then give it a shake (make it messy);
2. Backcomb a few sections starting closer to the crown of the head and work down about half way;
3. Bring your hair into a medium to high ponytail with your fingers – no brush. The messier the better. Secure with elastic;
4. Rub your fingers along the hair line and bring up all those short fly-away hairs. Gently comb them back with your fingers, leaving a light/messy look.
5. Give a quick backcomb to the ponytail and voila!
Look #2 - Braided Low Bun:
1. Again, start by using dry shampoo as explained in look #1;
2. Brush your hair back into a low bun using your fingers, securing with an elastic;
3. Braid your ponytail and then either secure with a clear elastic at the bottom or begin to wrap it around the base of your ponytail. Finally, take another elastic and secure the braid you wrapped in place;
4. Use your fingers to loosen the braid, pulling at it gently to add a little volume to the bun. Secure with bobby-pins as needed. Perfect!
Look #3 - Low Down Twist:
1. Spray that dry shampoo like it’s going out of style (follow the first step as described in look #1);
2. Part your hair down the middle and slick it back into a low ponytail and secure with elastic (TIP: spray hairspray on a soft bristle brush and gently smooth the hair – no frizzy hair here);
3. Begin to twist your pony tail until it begins to curl and your ends have reached close to the base of the ponytail. Take the end of your ponytail and wrap it around the base, securing it with another elastic. That’s it!
Look #4 - Messy Waves:
[if !supportLists]1. Unwashed strands actually holds curls longer than clean ones so you’re in luck. However, I still apply dry shampoo to my hair line and at the roots of my part;
[if !supportLists]2. Part your hair as if you’re about to do two pigtails and begin my taking a small section from the back;
[if !supportLists]3. Using either use a straightener or curling wand, curl the first three sections toward your face. I like to curl starting from about quarter way down;
[if !supportLists]4. Once curled, take your finger and curl the hair around it for a few seconds while it cools. Why? Leaving the curl to hang right away adds weight on the curl and forces it to drop quicker – fun fact. Sometimes I pin it up while it cools…but we don’t have time for that;
[if !supportLists]5. Take the remaining sections and curl them away from the face. By the end, I typically have 10 curls on each side;
[if !supportLists]6. Hairspray thoroughly and allow it 20-30 seconds to dry before you tilt your head back and start to shake out the curls;
[if !supportLists]7. Take a brush and lightly brush out the ends of the curls. You can finish it off with a little hairspray, scrunching the curls with your hands. Hello easy-breezy beach waves. (Note: It make take 3-4 minutes longer with a curling wand. I take almost 8 minutes with a curling wand and 5 with a straightener.)
The point i'm trying to make here is that you don't have to sacrifice good hair for a few extra minutes of sleep. In fact, by resorting to simple yet elegant hair styles, you can hit snooze more than twice and still show up to the office looking rested and put together!
So, messy hair and all...wake up and try something new. Give your hair some love this week. That snooze button isn't going to stop you (well, maybe)!
(But first, coffee.......)